Services We Offer

Whether you are missing a book you had as a child, looking for a text to complement your studies, or trying to find the next book on your reading list, we are happy to offer you our Book Search Service: we can find you a copy of the book you want, in the edition and condition you prefer, from a trustworthy source, for the best price available. Let us take the hassle out of your search for you - email or telephone us for more information. (Please note that in-store credit cannot be applied to special orders.)

Looking for something to read or a gift to give, but not sure what to choose? We work hard to provide the best recommendations possible. Gift wrapping is available seasonally, too.

If you found the books you want but can't fit them into your luggage, let us offer you our Shipping Service. We can ship your purchase at cost to the destination you specify, using the same care and celerity we apply to our internet order business.

Beyond Books

Supplies for Bibliophiles
We sell bookends, plastic dust-jacket protectors, and other useful tools for maintaining and displaying your book collection.

Cards by local photographers
We also carry cards by photographer Laura Dowd, whose beautiful blank-inside cards feature pictures taken in Iowa, many at CSA farms. A portion of the proceeds from sale of these cards goes to benefit Local Foods Connection.

Working With Our Community

Our bookshop neighbours.
We're good friends with the other independent bookstores in Iowa City, and we're pleased to offer bookmarks showing other stores' addresses and contact information.

Our ongoing benefit sale.
Iowa City's Local Foods Connection assists families in need by helping them to obtain healthy, fresh, locally produced foods. Every penny you spend to buy books from our Benefit Sale shelves - $1.00 for hardcovers, 50 cents for paperbacks - goes directly to this outstanding nonprofit group. We don't believe in that vague "proceeds of" stuff.

Local groups we support.
We believe that locally-owned businesses are best able to provide goods and services to match their communities' needs, so we are proud to be part of Iowa City's Shop Locally campaign.

Recycling actively is one of the ways that we work to help our environment. We can help you to find the best way to dispose responsibly of your used bookshelves, magazines, papers, or damaged books. Ask us for details.

Our Community Message Boards.
In the foyer and in the hall are local postings about events, groups, pets, jobs, housing, and more. Also, stop here to pick up your copy of the free monthly magazines Little Village and Iowa Source, both excellent publications about Iowa arts and events.

Enjoy Our Space!

We welcome book groups, study groups, tutors and students, and community organisations to use our dining room for meetings. Our spacious, shady porch is also available for spontaneous picnics or planned gatherings in good weather. Contact us for more information.

Just want a quiet place to read? We have plenty of tucked-away, comfortable chairs (though you might have to share yours with a cat).

Young folks sometimes practice on our piano, and we are always delighted when musicians come to play.
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